Paying to park in handicapped spots

By Anna Carrera

Published 04/22 2014 03:54PM

Updated 04/23 2014 12:05PM

URBANA-CHAMPAIGN -- More people will have to pay to park on the UI campus. Workers started installing 150 extra meters this week. It only affects certain spots. All of them are for handicapped spaces.

It isn't about getting more money for the university. A new state law is going into effect. It changes who has to pay for meters.

Anyone with a handicapped placard used to be exempt from paying the meters. Now, only those who have a disability which makes it hard for them to get to the meter can avoid having to pay.

"If you have the yellow placard, you can park at the space. You will be exempt from paying the meter," said Steve Breitwieser, who is the campus facilities and services communications specialist. "However if you have one of the other placards, you have non-exempt status." 

The spokesperson for Facilities and Services says people who park on campus regularly and have a disability can get special permission, but he says most parking on campus is done with permits anyway. Workers hope to have all the meters installed by the end of the month.

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